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Beavertail

Tucked away in a secret corner of Beavertail State Park is The Kitchens.  It is my favorite little spot in Rhode Island to hang out. When the tide is low you have your own private beach, and you go home when the tide comes in.  One of my favorite things to do is to go there with girlfriends to spend the day. Since they are all gorgeous, I just had to bring my camera along. Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 003 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 004 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 005 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 006 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 008 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 011 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 012 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 013 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 015 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 016 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 017 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 018 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 022 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 023 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 024 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 025 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 026 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 029 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 030 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 032 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 034 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 035 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 040 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 041 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 043 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 045 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 051 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 052 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 054 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 055 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 056 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 057 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 059 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 060 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 061 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 063 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 064 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 066 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 067 Kitchens Blog - J Darling Photo - 068

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Jordan and Cody | Fall

Walking the paths of Rome Point through the woods on a warm fall evening set the tone for Jordan and Codys 2nd annual fall photoshoot with me.  We had a fire down on the water to roast smores.  It would have been more romantic if I wasn't tagging along.   Jordan is always ready to go with all of my ideas and always brings her great style and ideas to the table.  Who wouldn't love photographing these two? We had their little fur baby, Sophie, with us too this time.  Happy fall! _MG_6908

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Nate Seymour | Pt. 1

When I was home last I had the pleasure of photographing one of my best friends again.  I always enjoy shooting with Nate and he has so much potential as a model. More to come tomorrow! Just a teaser for tonight!  

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Handcrafted | ArtPrize 2014

If you haven't made it to The Mitten Brewing Company yet to check out my ArtPrize piece, here are the images.  The environmental portrait series of West Michigan Brewers is called "Handcrafted."  I wanted this portrait series to be about the brewers as individuals.  So much of the growth of Grand Rapids as a city has come from these people pouring their passion into their beer.  They have brought to our community some great places to bond with loved ones, to laugh, to get to know each other, for deep conversation and I'm sure a few awkward first dates. I wanted to do a no bullshit portrait series in the place of their work with the best natural light I could find. For two weeks I traveled around West Michigan pulling my resources together to get this done.  I am so happy with my work and proud of it.  I am so proud of where I come from and the sense of community Grand Rapids embraces. I chose this project because of my love for craft beer.  While working at Perrin Brewing Company I really recognized the role of the brewer and the art of bringing craft beer to our draft lines.  They spent time with us every week teaching us about each beer and the brewing process.  It truly is an art.  Since then I have always felt like our breweries, our city and our beer get a lot of attention but the faces and hands behind it do not.

Cheers to our brewers!

Special thanks to all who participated: Odd Side Ales, Dark Horse Brewing Company, Arcadia Ales, Perrin Brewing Company, White Flame Brewing, Pike 51, Brewery Vivant, The Mitten Brewing Company and Founders Brewing Company.

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Morgan Eliana Faith Williams

Today God gifted our family with another healthy and beautiful child.   My sister gave birth to her fifth baby and her first girl.  Our family has been so overjoyed with the news of a little girl.  Morgan was born on 9/19/14 at 7 pounds 11 ounces at 5:30am.  The first song she ever heard was James Taylor - Carolina on My Mind.  I'd say that will start her out right... _MG_2088Morgans First Day - 002

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Jordan | Bombshell Boudoir

This bombshell has supported her husband through 4 deployments and she wanted to give him something special when he returned home after seven long months in Afghanistan.  Meet Jordan: bringing West Coast glam to Rhode Island wherever she goes.  Jordan is my favorite photoshoot and Starbucks buddy.  She is always on par with my ideas and ready to get in front of the camera to show it off.  I really admire her for sticking it out in RI while her husband is away and her family and friends are on the opposite side of the country.  This summers session was Baking Boudoir.... no cupcakes were actually made. Bon Appetite!

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The Thirsty Pig | Portland, ME

Day One - Stop One of my road trip up the coast of Maine into New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. I've always heard such wonderful things about Portland, Maine.  I knew my first time in the state I would have to stop.  Coastal cities are my favorite cities to visit.  I love the mix of laid back salty beach goers with the liveliness a city offers.  Portland is known for its beer and that sits very well with my family and I.  We were only there for a few hours so I knew we just wanted to have a couple great meals and great beer to start the road trip off right.  I did a little research and we happened upon The Thirsty Pig. Located in Old Port right downtown by the water and was an  awesome atmosphere with local Maine beers and hand crafted sausages.   They make all of their specialty sausages in house.  I had not seen my dad or brother since February and this was the perfect place to catch up.  Next we went to In'finiti Fermentation and Distillation.  They served up some great samples of in house brewed beer.  We also really enjoyed the home-made pretzels and beer cheese.  Our view was a harbor full of lobster traps and when in Maine you eat lobster…or lobster mac n cheese.  I highly recommend these two places for a laid back dinner with a vibe you can't beat.

Cheers Portland!

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Rachel | Newport Maternity Session

My beautiful sister came to visit me in June so naturally we had to take some photos do document her fifth pregnancy.  Yes, that is right, FIFTH pregnancy.  After blessing our family with four handsome boys she is finally getting a baby girl.  Cameron, Kaden, Brennan and Grayson are the lights of my life and I cannot wait to go home in September to see the birth of my new niece. I admire my sister so much for being so young and able to work as a Respiratory Therapist and take care of 4 boys, a husband and two dogs.  I would need about 5 naps a day if I were her! I am so blessed to have her as an older sister and I am so happy that in age we have grown so close. I value the advice she gives me so much and I cannot wait to have children of my own to add to the bunch....well I can wait but ya know. Miss you and I love you Rachel! _MG_9182_MG_9136_MG_9140_MG_9174 _MG_9153 _MG_9157-Edit _MG_9161_MG_9173

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Nathan | Thomas Rudd

Last week I once again had the pleasure of photographing my favorite Elvis look alike in a bow tie made by my new favorite store in Newport, Thomas Rudd. You'll get the full story on them after I do a much anticipated photoshoot with them in the next couple of weeks. Tom and his wife Michelle have an extremely well designed storefront in Bowens Wharf full of classic american treasures with a nautical twist for the true American Gentleman. Michelle makes the bow ties and they can do everything custom including: monograming, custom cigar boxes, flasks, the coolest bottle openers ever, vintage prints, throw blankets, coasters, sunglasses and more. They are basically a goldmine if you are looking for gifts for your man, your dad, your groomsmen or any other men in your life. They do have some girly stuff too though!  Their dog Peter hanging out in the front is just the icing on the cake too. It is an extremely handsome store that truly matches their products. I'm so pumped to have the opportunity to photograph for them.

With these photos I will leave you my favorite quote about what in my opinion is a true american gentleman:

"The real power of a man is in the size of the smile of the woman sitting next to him."

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You can contact them at: info@thosrudd.com or visit them online at www.thosrudd.com

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Nina | Second Beach

I photographed Nina at the same time as my previous post, Kara.  She is a foreign exchange student living in Rhode Island from Germany.  When I first met her I knew I had to photograph her. When you see the shade of blue her eyes are, you will understand.  I was so impressed with how mature, calm and collected she is.  Nina returns to her home in Germany soon but I know the impact she has made on her friends here is one not to be forgotten. On a side note, I read this quote in an old issue of Real Simple magazine the other day and water to share:

"There seems to be a kind of order in the universe, in the movement of the stars and the turning of the Earth and the changing of the seasons, and even in the cycle of human life.  But human life itself is almost pure chaos." Katherine Anne Porter - Paris Review 1963

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Kara | Second Beach

I recently photographed this bright young girl on Second Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island.  She was a fantastic model and I was itching to do some personal work after the start of wedding season.  Her wisdom exceeds her age and her beauty radiates through her eyes and smile.  Kara is wearing Free People and make-up by Urban Decay. Kara_J Darling Photo006 Kara_J Darling Photo020 Kara_J Darling Photo019

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